Friday, March 11, 2011

Mumbai: Victoria Terminus

You'd be excused in thinking that this grand neo-Gothic structure is a church, but it is, in fact, part of Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, the central railway station in Mumbai, which every Mumbaiite I spoke to still called Victoria Terminus, despite the name change having taken place a dozen years earlier. When my friend asked me what I thought of the building, I decided to be honest and told her I had found it charmingly ugly with a great deal of character. This made her laugh because this is exactly how she feels about it.



Á röltinu sá ég margt áhugavert, ekki síst þessa skemmtilega ljótu ný-gotnesku byggingu sem Bretar skildu eftir sig innan um fleiri ljótar byggingar á sama svæði. Þetta er Viktoríu-lestarstöðin, sem hefur haldið því nafni í hugum Mumbai-búa þrátt fyrir að hafa verið endurskýrð Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus árið 1996. Ég fór ekki inn í þetta skiptið, en á eflaust eftir að koma í hana einhvern tíman seinna...


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